|Romanized Title:||Hitsuzen no Sanbutsu|
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- Characters Introduced: None
- Locations Introduced: None
- Mentioned Boxers: None
- Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo
While everyone cheers for Ippo, he dashes forward again. Gonzales throws his left and Ippo dodges. Ippo learns Gonzales's timing and he tries to go after the punch. Everybody in the stadium believes he can do this and cheers for him. Because of Ippo's pressure Gonzales's retreats to the corner. Before Ippo attacks, he predicts the movement of Gonzales first. He thinks, when he dodges the left, he will counter attack. And he moves right away. A punch appears on Ippo's head. Gonzales has hit him with a left hook.
No one understands what happened. Everyone is shocked. Referee pushes back Gonzales and calls it a down (Ippo's first down since his fight against Sanada Kazuki). Coach Kamogawa realized that, it was Gonzales's plan all along. Referee starts counting. Miyata explanes the case, Gonzales made Ippo used to his left, uppercut and one-two so when Ippo attacks he was only expecting those three, not a hook. He was so concentrated that he didn't even see the hook. While Ippo lies in the ground, Coach Kamogawa understands the kind of tactics used at the top of the world and all their plan was for nothing...